Drawing on her extensive experience in complex litigation, technology and business, Tara helps her clients leverage and defend their intellectual property inside and outside the courtroom. With a keen strategic view, and relentless attention to detail, Tara is a powerful advocate for each client she serves.
Tara focuses her practice on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and negotiated multi-million dollar, client-favorable settlements, in matters involving a wide spectrum of technologies, including medical devices, financial systems, radiation therapy systems, dental treatments, glass coatings, and consumer goods.
In addition to her intellectual property practice, since 2009 Tara has served as general counsel for the Receiver in the $190 million Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme, the second-largest fraud in Minnesota history, where she is leading the effort to repatriate assets from around the globe that were stolen under the guise of an international currency trading program. She also served as general counsel in the Inter-Mark receivership, where she oversaw the return of $26 million to businesses and individuals around the world.
Tara brings first-hand business experience to every matter she handles, having worked for a global consulting firm before becoming a lawyer. Prior to joining Carlson Caspers, Tara clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced with an international law firm based in Chicago.
Tara is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and has earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating from her peers for the highest level of professional excellence. She is named among the “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Minnesota”, “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Minnesota” and “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2016-2017). Tara is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America. Norgard was the “Attorney of the Month” in the Women in Law 2017 Minnesota Edition, Attorney at Law Magazine. The annual issue features women attorneys who exemplify excellence and diversity in the Minnesota legal profession. The article can be found here.
In the legal community, Tara is actively involved in the Federal Bar Association (FBA), serving on the Board of Directors (2006-present) and as Past-president (2016-17) of the Minnesota Chapter. In 2017, she was appointed chair of the national FBA’s Special Committee on Diversity. Tara has also chaired and served on Merit Selection Panels for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Court’s Markman Study Group.
Tara is the firm’s chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its committee on diversity and inclusion, which is committed to ensuring that people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs are involved in all levels of the firm, client relationships, and the community as a whole.
Outside of her law practice, Tara works with Friends of FANA, Minnesota, a non-profit organization established to unite Colombian children of all ages with adoptive families. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Sunny Hollow Montessori.
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review
B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Minnesota Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Qualified Neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Statewide Roster